Gov Geidam Condemns Threat To Igbos, Calls For Unity

civil servantsThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam has described the threat to Igbos by some northern youth groups as unfortunate, unlawful and unwarranted.

In a statement from his director of press, Abdullahi Bego, Governor Geidam noted that the Igbos have a right that was fully guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution to live in any part of the country like other Nigerians.

“As a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multicultural society, part of our nation’s strength lies in the diversity of its people, it is what has moved every successful nation forward. The Igbos, like the people of other ethnicities, have lived and engaged peacefully with their neighbours,” he said.

The governor assured the Igbos and other citizens from various part of the country residing in Yobe State of their safety as they carry on their legitimate businesses.

“Yobe State Government, therefore, assures them that it will not allow anyone to intimidate or threaten them and will use the full resources of law enforcement to see to that. We strongly believe in a Nigeria in which all its people live peacefully with one another, a country where political disagreements are settled not through threats and violent conduct but through dialogue and give-and-take,” the statement read.

Governor Geidam reminded youths in the North and in every part of the country that as tomorrow’s leaders, they have a responsibility and a stake to contribute to the peace and stability of the nation.

He also urged political and community leaders in every part of the country to be responsive to guide the youths to responsible conduct and speak against violence.

“It is through peace and unity, and not division and disunity that our dream of a better, more prosperous Nigeria will come true,” he said.

President Buhari Arrives In China

Muhammadu-Buhari-Arrives-ChinaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in the People’s Republic of China for a state visit.

According to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari was welcomed at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cheng Guoping, alongside other senior Chinese government officials.

Also at the airport were the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam.

Other Nigerian government’s functionaries at the airport were the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Minister of Defence, Dan Monsur Ali.

The President left Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing greater support from Beijing for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors.

Considering Chinese Panda Bond

It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China would be concluded and signed.

The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to boost industrial activities and infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said Nigeria was also considering Japanese bond

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, had told reporters after a meeting with the business and investment community early on Saturday in Lagos, that the government was considering the possibility of issuing Chinese panda bond to make up for the deficit in the 2016 budget.

She said that the government’s objective was to borrow the cheapest possible money.

The breakfast meeting focused on the imperatives for fiscal discipline, investment and diversification of the domestic economy in the face of strong local and international headwinds such as the steady decline in oil prices and weak global economic growth.

NEMA Presents Yobe Fire Victims Immediate Succour

KanoThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented succour to fire disaster victims in Gashua town of Yobe State in north-east Nigeria.

Fire had last week razed down 20 shops at the Gashua central market where lots of valuables were destroyed.

Presenting the materials at a ceremony held at the palace of the Emir of Bade in Gashua town on Friday, the Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, said his office received report of the inferno from the Senator of the zone, after which he directed the Zonal Coordinator to take stock of the damage, development that led to the presentation of the relief materials.

‘Timely Intervention’

The DG, who pledged to continue attaining to emergency needs of accident and disaster victims, directed that the materials be distributed to the affected persons to serve the purpose for which it was meant.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, represented at the occasion by the State Coordinator of the State Emergency Management Agency, Idi Jidawa, thanked NEMA for the gesture describing it as a ‘timely intervention’ that would help the victims greatly.

While sympathising with victims of the inferno, the Governor also appreciated the role played by Senator Ahmed Lawan for the timely notification of NEMA about the sad development.

Senator Lawan, on his part, appreciated the timely intervention of  NEMA for coming to the rescue of the affected persons.

The Senator, who made a personal donation of five million Naira, hoped the victims would judiciously use the money and the materials realised from various donors to start up another source of their livelihoods.

The Emir of Bade, Abubakar Suleiman II, who received the materials for onward distribution to the affected persons, thanked all that contributed in supporting the victims and assured them that the materials and the money donated, would be shared accordingly.

The fire inferno destroyed shoes, wears, electronics, provisions among several other valuables in shops and warehouses at some segments of the Gashua Central Market in northern senatorial zone of Yobe State.

Items presented to the victims include; Cement, Zinc, plight wood, ceilings, Grains, Rice among several others.

Election Petition Tribunal: Yobe REC Received N15m Bribe, EFCC Alleges

inspection-of-election-materialsThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, August 12, alleged that the Yobe State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Abu Zama, was paid N15 million bribe in the last general elections by the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the state governor, Mr Ibrahim Geidam.

An official of the anti-graft agency, Mr Odofin Christopher, told the Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja that an aide to the governor paid the N15 million bribe into two accounts of the State Electoral Commissioner with Diamond and Zenith Banks, three days before the governorship elections.

The petitioner and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Waziri, are relying on the evidence of the anti-graft agency to nullify the April 11 governorship election in the state.

However, lawyers to the governor and his aide dismissed the EFCC report saying the allegation of bribery cannot be proven.

The petitioner is however confident that the evidence and testimony of the EFCC is a proof of his allegation of bribery before the tribunal

The tribunal has adjourned to Thursday, August 14 for cross examination of more witnesses.

It Is Unconstitutional To Swear-In A Governor Thrice – Waziri

Yobe Governor
Ibrahim Geidam, set to be sworn-in for the third time as Governor of Yobe State.

The Yobe State governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Waziri is heading to court to challenge the victory of the Governor Ibrahim Geidam during the April 11 governorship election in the state.

The former Minister of Police Affairs insists Governor Geidam would be sworn-in as the Governor of Yobe State for a third time.

Governor Geidam was first sworn-in as the state governor on January 27, 2009 following the death of the then governor, Senator Mamman Ali.

He was sworn-in a second time on May 29, 2011 after he won the governorship election on April 26, 2011.

Alhaji Waziri, who got 179,700 votes during the governorship election believes that it is unconstitutional for Governor Geidam to be sworn-in a third time.

Yobe APC Endorses Gaidam For Second Term

Yobe GovernorThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State has endorsed the governor of the state, Ibrahim Gaidam, to contest in the 2015 governorship election for a second term.

The endorsement was made on Saturday at a rally held at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, which had a large crowd of supporters of the APC cheering the Governor.

It is a part of the match towards the 2015 general elections, which is already gathering momentum, as aspirants have continued to pick nomination forms from their respective political parties.

At the rally ground, the APC also received thousands of news party members that defected from the Peoples Democratic Party.

Political office holders, national and state legislators, women and youth groups, as well as associations were represented at the rally.

Their messages are summed up in one voice. They are satisfied with achievements of the governor and want him to continue in office.

After various members of the APC gave their endorsement speeches, the Governor was presented with a document containing the signatures of members of the party across the state, and a nomination form purchased by concerned citizens.

He accepted the offer and promises to build on his accomplishments if re-elected.

One of the biggest moments of the event was the reception of top PDP members who decamped to the APC.

The party says it is confident of victory at the 2015 general elections.

Jonathan Condemns Yobe School Killing

President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the attack on the Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State, calling it callous, barbaric and senseless.

President Jonathan who said that he received the news with immense sadness extended his heartfelt condolences to the parents and relatives of the murdered students.

According to the President “I wholly condemn the brutal and mindless killing of the innocent students by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality.”

He, however, gave the assurance of his commitment to ending the scourge of terrorism in parts of the country, which has sadly claimed more innocent lives, promising that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies would continue to tackle the war against terror with vigour.

Witnesses said that the students were attacked by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect in their hostels at night and slain by the hoodlums, instead of the usual gun to avoid the attention of security men within town.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, had earlier frowned on the poor security arrangement that allows such attacks to persist, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to send more troops to Yobe State to forestall future attacks.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has described the killing of students at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State, as ignoble, wicked and horrendous.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal tasked security agencies to redouble their efforts and change their tactics, “especially now that those engaged in the killings have increased their attacks on softer targets.”
Tambuwal said the only way to console the families of the victims and Nigerians was by fishing out perpetrators of the dastardly act and bringing them to justice.
The Speaker said, “While attending prayers organised to mark the 89th birthday celebration of former President Shehu Shagari in Sokoto, my attention was drawn to the horrendous act of barbarity visited on innocent college students in Yobe State.
“My first thoughts go to the families and friends of the kids brutally gunned down in an act of cowardice by people whose humanity must be called to question.
“While we must all join hands to bring this insanity to an end, we must however bear in mind that we are running out of excuses in our responsibility to our citizens.

“We in the House of Representatives feel the grief and pain of the families of the victims. In this their hour of need, we will stand with them hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder. We assure them that as brothers, we will continue to confront headlong, the threats of terror facing our nation, and we know we will come out stronger, and victorious.”
While expressing sympathy with the families of the victims, Tambuwal urged Nigerians to be more vigilant and to help security agencies with useful information that would help to secure their areas.

JTF repel Boko Haram attack on mobile telephone mast in Yobe

Security forces, this evening, engaged suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in a shootout that lasted for almost two hours in Ngelzarma village of Fune Local Government Area of Yobe state.

The state commissioner of police, Patrick Egbuniwe, who confirmed the incident, said the hoodlums attempted to burn an Airtel mast in the village but were repelled by security operatives.

Egbuniwe stressed that the hoodlums fled into the bush but are being trailed by security forces are after them.

He said no life was lost in the attack but it was successfully repelled.

Witnesses said the hoodlums went away with some provisions and food items belonging to local traders.

Residents corroborated the police chief’s story, saying the sect members were engaged in a gun battle and are trailed by security operatives around the neighbouring villages.

Ngelzarma is 28 kilometres away from Damaturu the state capital.